Category Archives: Games
Watch now for an exclusive look at the visual improvements in NBA LIVE 15. Is NBA Live finally ready to compete with the 2K games series?
Ex-Manchester United star Gary Neville discusses why David Seaman, Paolo Maldini, Lothar Matthaus, Dennis Bergkamp and Teddy Sheringham deserve to be included alongside him as Legends in EA SPORTS FIFA 14 Ultimate Team.
Tom judges NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 on their graphics, animations and players’ AI. Who will be crowned the champion of basketball games on the PS4?
At this point, I wonder why EA are even bothering to release NBA games.
Experience the next-generation of NBA 2K14 for the first time in this brand new trailer. Can you feel it coming in the air tonight?
Watch the new Official Gameplay Video for Grand Theft Auto Online – which shows how we’ve taken the fundamental GTA concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and made them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, you’ll have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community, all with the personality and refined mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.
Rockstar Games release the official gameplay video of Grand Theft Auto V. GTA 5 is coming 17 September, 2013. Pre-order now and visit www.rockstargames.com/V for more details.
FIFA 14 Official Gameplay Trailer for Xbox One and PS4. Lionel Messi, Pique, and their Barcelona teammates describe the perfect goal, supported by exclusive gameplay for FIFA 14, coming soon to Xbox One and PS4.
FIFA 14 is powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE.
I understand my weekly tributes started off as a concept, where I promised to dedicate a post to a footballer every week, a footballer deserving of credit. Since then I have however went on more tangents than a geometry lesson, why stop a good thing? Following in the vain of tributes to ‘The Wire‘ and ‘The Football Factory‘, this week’s will again have sod all to do with the beautiful game, but a beautiful game franchise, Call of Duty.
It was 2007, I decided to spend my Christmas beans on an Xbox as it seemed like I was the only one in my entire year without one! I got it as part of a bundle, it had some game where you smack up a piñata, Forza Motorsport and best of all I thought Halo 3. Spot on I thought, get the Xbox Live in and give these fellas a lesson on Halo. It wasn’t till about a week later I realised no one was playing Halo but a game called Call of Duty 4. Everyone on my friend list was on it constantly. I had a sudden realisation I needed this game! Little was I to know this game would lead to a miniature addiction that took over my evenings for over two years, till my Xbox sadly blew up.
Starting off on Call of Duty 4 was amazing, but terribly difficult, so was learning the online language. It took about a week to realise what a noob or a camper was and much longer to know what on earth a spawn kill was or a juggernoob. It took me an age to figure out why I was such a horrible person, for using the perks, Martyrdom and the grenade launcher. Along with learning the language of Call of Duty online and the general unwritten rules of what’s considered fair play, adapting to online plays code of conduct was difficult. As a newcomer I was confronted with perhaps the most lawless place on the planet. Xbox Live makes Beirut seem tame.
Playing Xbox online is one hell of an experience and one not for the feint of heart. Every time you enter a game you hear some appalling language; racism, homophobia, sexism and xenophobia it appeared as a ‘noob’ anything was fair game including screaming at the highest pitch possible down the headset, something that happened alarmingly regularly.
So after about a month I was confident enough in the online world of Call of Duty, nothing shocked me and I knew all the rules. I wasn’t though very good at the game sadly, I regularly finished bottom of the leaderboards, due to a quite frankly suicidal style of play. My view was, biggest gun = most kills, like Will Smith in Men in Black 1 this assumption was fool hardy at best! I wasn’t enjoying playing online, getting a hiding from most of my secondary school, but I loved the banter COD offered. I gradually got pretty tasty at it after I dedicated more hours towards getting a positive kill death ratio than I did to getting A’s at A-Level.
Call of Duty 4 will also always to me be the greatest purely because it introduced me to online gaming. I probably spent more time on it then I should have but I still maintain now, as I did then, I’d rather play COD than watch repeats of Mock the Week on Dave.
From a social aspect no game will ever come close to COD for about six months everyone was on it and it dominated conversations between us in the common room. It wasn’t though the best COD experience for me.
The best COD experience for me, was World at War. Due to spending so much time honing my completely useless skills on COD 4 I hit the ground running on WAW. I was pretty decent, I only ever played ‘Free-For-All’, I only ever won and managed something I boast about to this day 911th in the world at that game mode and a completely pointless victory against the person second in the world.
After World at War I had sort of grown out of my obsession with COD, I was still bloody good, probably still am now but the magic had sadly gone. I got Modern Warfare 2 and Black OPs at 12pm on their release days mainly because I gave into the hype but neither satisfied the addiction I had for COD4 and WAW, I haven’t even bought the two latest ones.
Despite my belief that I have grown out of the franchise because I have other commitments and more important things to do, millions of grown adults still regularly go to war with each other everyday and I can’t say for certain I won’t again be one of them again. All I can say is you deserve this tribute, Infinity Ward and Treyarch, for making two of the best games ever as I’m sure millions of people with fond memories will agree.
Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)
With a year since the release of the first trailer of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games has finally released a second instalment. For the first time since San Andreas GTA is back in the settings of Los Santos. This trailer reveals some of GTA V’s tone, which suggests it will be more of an action film as opposed to the intense dramatics of previous games in the series.
For the first time in the franchise, players will be able to take on the role of three separate characters and switch between each of them. Michael, Trevor and Franklin each possesses a different skill set and will need to work together to pull off what Rockstar is calling “a series of heists.” When not involved in a specific mission, players will have the option to assume each of their identities at will.
Rockstar Games has provided some more in-depth character descriptions of each playable character in the game:
Michael: Michael is a veteran bank robber, an expert, with the kind of knowledge that only comes from years as a successful career criminal. He’s now retired, living comfortably in an unofficial sort of witness protection program.
Trevor: Trevor’s a career criminal and extremely volatile individual, prone to destructive outbursts and violent rampages. He’s easily the most psychopathic criminal to ever share the lead in a Grand Theft Auto game, but he’s not without some charm. Trevor is also ex-military and an experienced pilot.
Franklin: Franklin works as a repo man for an Armenian luxury car dealership that runs scams on ambitious young hot shots with new money, selling them expensive cars they can’t afford. When they can’t make their payments but want to keep their cars, it’s Franklin’s job to get them back. Franklin lives in South Los Santos.
GTA V should be in stores for Spring 2013.
Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)
It seems that EA Sports have given up on the opportunity of finally challenging rival video game developers 2K Sports. NBA Live 13 was due to give NBA 2K13 a run for its money, which it hasn’t done since their last release NBA Live 10.
EA’s executive vice president Andrew Wilson wrote on the official EA Sports blog, “Having continued to look at the game over the past few days, it’s clear that we won’t be ready in October. And rather than launch midway through the season, we’re going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next year’s game great.”
EA Sports had plans of creating an “all-new experience that captures on the future of basketball” but it seems their plans didn’t go to plan. With fears of releasing a subpar game, EA Sports have pulled the plug last minute for the second time in recent years. In 2010, EA attempted to release the rebranded NBA Elite 11, but that game was cancelled literally a week before its release, and elements of that game were reportedly carried over to NBA Live 13.
Fortunately you still have NBA 2K13 to look forward to. If you was looking forward to NBA Live 13, here’s a look at the trailer of the game that will never be.
Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)